DAILYKENN.com -- 16-year-old Samuel A. Keezer was fatally shot in a discount store parking lot.
Reports say Taran Cortez Miller, 44, and his 16-year-old son, Braylen Justice Miller, were charged in the crime. Miller's wife was also charged "with two counts of aiding an offender; one count relates to being an accomplice after the fact, the other to harboring an offender," according to swnewsmedia.com.
The incident reportedly occurred at a Target store in Savage, Minnesota.
Reports say Keezer was shot in the head and was pushed out of a car in the Target parking lot.
"Investigators said surveillance video showed Keezer falling out or being pushed out of a vehicle that was then driven away," according to swnewsmedia.com.
"Investigators said surveillance video showed Keezer falling out or being pushed out of a vehicle that was then driven away."
Multiple witnesses told investigators they heard what sounded like a firecracker the report said.
It appears the shooting occurred during a drug transaction.
Keezer was described as a typical teenager.
"He was loved deeply and was the most amazing son his parents could have asked for," according to his obituary. "He loved time with family, friends and his girlfriend. Sam was independent, confident, funny, and fearless. He loved listening to music, gaming, playing basketball, scary movies, YouTube, clothes, shoes, and his dog, Fred."
Adults are expected to help teenagers when they veer off course, not attempt to sell them narcotics and kill them.
From swnewsmedia.com ▼
Taran Cortez Miller, 44, of Sue Ann Lane in Prior Lake was charged on Thursday with two counts of second-degree murder — one count with intent and one count without intent while committing a felony — in Scott County District Court following the shooting death of Samuel A. Keezer, 16.
His 16-year-old son, Braylen Justice Miller, was charged with two counts of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. His wife, TanyaMarie Esthell Miller, 43, was charged with two counts of aiding an offender; one count relates to being an accomplice after the fact, the other to harboring an offender.
Keezer died from a gunshot wound to the head after being shot in the Target parking lot in Savage around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28.
The father and son met Keezer to sell him marijuana, according to the charging documents. The father told investigators he shot the victim in the head inside their vehicle when he thought Keezer “was going to take the marijuana and run out of the car without paying."
Police said Keezer arrived at Target in a vehicle with three or four other occupants. A witness in the vehicle with Keezer that night told officers Keezer planned to meet the juvenile suspect and run off with the marijuana.
The witness said Keezer got into the juvenile suspect’s vehicle in the Target parking lot, and the witness’s vehicle drove to a nearby parking lot to wait.
After Keezer didn't return, the witness found him lying on the ground and bleeding, then fled.
Investigators said surveillance video showed Keezer falling out or being pushed out of a vehicle that was then driven away.
Officers were called to Target around 7:30 p.m. that evening. Multiple witnesses reported hearing what sounded like a firecracker before seeing the victim on the ground, Savage Police Chief Rodney Suerer said later.
Officers found the male bleeding heavily with critical head injuries. Keezer was able to say his name and that his head hurt before he began vomiting. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was placed on life support and later died.
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